Biography of Jacques Kallis

Biography of Jacques Kallis:- Jacques Kallis is a former International cricketer, he played test, ODI, and T20i cricket for South Africa from 1995-2014. Jacques Kallis was born on October 16, 1975, in Cape Town, South Africa. Jacques Kallis was a unique piece, he dominated throughout his career with influential portfolio in batting and supporting role in bowling especially in test cricket. In ODIs, Jacque played a leading role in both the departments along with the brilliant fielding, his weight never barred him from diving high-flying in the air. Kallis is undoubtedly among the greatest batsmen in cricket history especially of the modern era, he was only behind Sachin Tendulkar in the number of test centuries, and he also became the third batsman and only the first one to score 13,000+ runs in the format. The biography of Jacques Kallis could be rated as the defensive career, he deemed to accelerate it gradually rather than going after the opposition.

Biography of Jacques Kallis

  • Born:-  16 October 1975 (age 41), Cape Town, South Africa
  • Height:- 1.88 m
  • Test Debut:- 14 December 1995 v England
  • ODI debut:- 9 January 1996 v England
  • Last ODI:-  12 July 2014 v Sri Lanka
  • Siblings:-  Janine Kallis

In between 2004 to 2008, Jacques Kallis made a significant impact on the game with extraordinary batting and bowling skills, he was named ICC ODI Player in the process in 2005, later as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008. Apart from being recognized as the leader of all-round cricket, Jacques Kallis came close to 300 wickets still managed to become an only player to score 10,000+ runs with 250+ wickets in the test cricket.

Jacques Kallis Stats & Records

His career was no more than a marathon, in 18 years of excellence and dominance in all the two formats of the game including the newer one i.e. T20 format, Jacques Kallis made a decent start and ended it on a stronger note with huge numbers at the end. Starting his First-class career in 1993 for Western Province and then moving on to play for South Africa after two years, Jacques Kallis was praised in the newly formed combination in which a batting all-rounder was a satisfying inclusion. In 166 test matches, Kallis scored a total of 13,289 runs with a vivid batting average of 55.37 summing up his test career with the highest score of 224; his 45 centuries and 58 fifties were only behind Sachin in the format. Jacques Kallis batting record was outstanding with 292 wickets and a bowling average of 32.65; the best bowling figures were 6-54 that incorporated five 5-wicket hauls. Jacques Kallis took 200 catches in total.

In ODI format, Jacques Kallis scored 11,579 runs with a batting average of 44.36 and atop score of 139. His 17 centuries and 86 the fifties were phenomenal batting at top-order to the lower middle order throughout. In 328 ODI games, Jacque Kallis took 273 games with a bowling average of 31.79 and 2 five-wicket hauls, the best bowling figures were 5-30 along with 131 ODI catches. In a lengthy first-class career comprised of 257 matches, he scored 19,695 runs with a good batting average of 54.10. Jacques Kallis scored 62 centuries in total with 97 half-centuries. Kallis took 427 wickets playing for South Africa and various county leagues and domestic circuit.

International Career

South African Cricket Board selected Kallis for his all-round skills for Western Province. Since 1995, Jacques Kalliswas having a batting average of 98.87 in 14 matches. In December 1995, South Africa played home series against England and Kallis was selected, he could not show the skills he possessed with the bat and ball.

The prime era of his all-round skills started in 1998 securing a place in ICC all-rounder rankings for two years. The same year was luckiest for Proteas as they won Champions Trophy 1998 with Kallis as a great cricketer securing two man-of-the-match awards and player of the series medal. In 2001, Jacques Kalliswas at his career-best in test cricket, he was ranked first in the ICC Test Player Rankings. In ODI format, Kallis dominated the ODI Ranking Charts consistently for three years. He remained at top 10 positions in those three years. In 2004-05, Kallis made five centuries in five consecutive matches and named himself as the fourth player to secure the position. In 2005 against Zimbabwe, Jacques Kallis smashed a 50 in just 24 balls, fastest at that time. In 2007, Jacques Kallis again scored five centuries n four consecutive tests. In mid-2007, Jacques Kallis was regarded as the best batsman in the world amid the presence of few great players Sachin, Inzamam, and Muhammad Yousuf. Between 2005 to 2007, Jacques Kallis continued to pile up runs and wickets; he surpassed 8000 runs and then 10,000 runs in each format taking 200+ plus wickets in both ODI and Test cricket.

In 2012, Jacques Kallis against Srilanka scored his highest-ever score in the first-class career, Kallis has the unique record of winning eight test series consecutively in his last test series. After his retirement, Kallis signed a contract with BBL Franchise Sydney Thunders. In 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders approached Jacques Kallis to coach the IPL franchise for the next three seasons.

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Jacques Kallis Family and Personal Life

Jacques Kallis was born to Henry Kallis, and Mercia Kallis in Cape Town, his sister, Janine Kallis is a physiotherapist who practiced in London. Janine also had a chance in IPL 2009 season as a cheerleader. In 2003, Jacques Kallis left an ongoing test series against England to attend to his father who was diagnosed with cancer. Kallis dated Cindy Neil in 2002; Cindy was Miss South Africa at that time. They broke up after a year. Jacques Kallis dated another Miss South Africa runner-up in 2003-04. The affair of Kallis and Marisa Eggil lasted for one and a half year. Kallis remained single from 2004 to 2007 that was an incredible era for him as a player. In 2007, Kallis dated another South African Model Shamone Jardim, the relationship lasted for six years and ended in 2013, there were rumors that both patched up in 2014.

During IPL 7, it was reported by Indian Media that Jacques Kallis is dating another South African model Kim Rivalland who won Miss Earth Pageant in 2011. Both were spotted in several places in Dubai.